King St. fixture gets TLC

Alice Tellis Critikos, co-owner of Tellis Pharmacy, inspects the store's refurbished sign Wednesday before it is hoisted into place at 125 King St., Charleston. The sign has been part of the business since 1952.

The 58-year-old sign at Tellis Pharmacy recently got a little medicine of its own.

Owners and sisters Alice Tellis Critikos and Vera Tellis spent about $3,000 to have the 125 King St. icon refurbished to get rid of rust, repair cracks and anchor the sign more firmly to the building.

The neon sign, a downtown fixture since 1952 that usually is taken down when hurricanes approach, was removed about three weeks ago for repairs and because it was leaning slightly away from the building, Critikos said

Under the meticulous oversight of the sign owners, Miller Signs of North Charleston hoisted the sign back into place earlier this week, and it's beaming again on lower King Street.

Curtain call

The final credits are rolling on Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video in the Charleston area.

Parent company Movie Gallery Inc., which owns Hollywood Video, filed for bankruptcy reorganization earlier this month and is closing 760 stores across the nation, including three in the Charleston area and 16 more in South Carolina.

Hollywood Video stores at 1938 Ashley River Road in West Ashley and 975 Bacons Bridge Road in Summerville as well as Movie Gallery at 3575 Maybank Highway on Johns Island will be open about six more weeks or until about April 1, according to store officials.

"We are closing these because they are not profitable and because funds from liquidating them can help us moving forward," according to Movie Gallery's Web site.

Meals on wheels

No need to go out. Dinner is served ... at home.

A downtown Charleston restaurant delivery service and courier is expanding outward from the peninsula.

Charleston Delivers, formerly Charleston Restaurant Runners, now serves Mount Pleasant, James Island and West Ashley with meals from several restaurants.

The 1-year-old company, owned and operated by Marco Nicholas, hopes to expand soon into Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms and the Dunes West part of Mount Pleasant.

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Package deal

The courier business has delivered a new competitor to the Charleston market. Dash Courier & Logistics is now open at 3180 Industry Drive in Pepperdam Industrial Park in North Charleston.

Stephen Webb is the local representative for the 24-hour deliverer of everything from laboratory specimens to industrial parts.

Retail radar

The Elite Barber Shop has moved from 1553 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant just up the road to 2183 U.S. Highway 17.

Owner Joe Roberts said he decided to leave the site where he has been for eight years after Mount Pleasant Aerobics & Fitness closed last month in the Kmart-anchored shopping center. The barbershop was next door to the fitness center.

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